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Creatures stirring along the Ice Age Trail
Creatures stirring along the Ice Age Trail
Marv Herman writes:
Signs of a slow spring on the trail
Signs of a slow spring on the trail
Although a bit breezy last Tuesday was a very nice afternoon for a walk. Six of us hiked a short distance east on Sherwood Forest Rd to a berm on the left which we crossed. After hiking a bit farther we connected with the horse trail which we took to...
Hikers encounter ice, mud, sand and even geese on the trails
Hikers encounter ice, mud, sand and even geese on the trails
With temperatures in the twenties and a stiff wind five of us hike around Lake LaGrange last Tuesday. We used ice gripping foot gear which was helpful as a good share of the trail still was icy with a dusting of fresh snow from the night before. The...
Winter slowly receding on the Ice Age Trail
Winter slowly receding on the Ice Age Trail
Seven adventurers decided to walk counterclockwise around Lake LaGrange last Tuesday. The week before, this trail was difficult due to deep snow and ice or slush. This week we found that the snow had settled and that there was less slush so that...
Sights, sounds of spring materializing on  trails
Sights, sounds of spring materializing on trails
Six adventurers showed up last Tuesday during a light rain for a walk around Lake LaGrange.  We again chose this route because of its relatively heavy use making the trails packed for easier hiking.  Hiking in slushy snow is not easy, and there were...
Warming up along the trails
Warming up along the trails
The weather finally was warming up for our walks last week as four of us hiked around Lake La Grange Tuesday evening. Two of us wore snowshoes as there were a few inches of fresh snow on the trail. After the hike Jake Gerlach said that he wished he...
Wind at their backs, hikers stay warm on cold trails
Wind at their backs, hikers stay warm on cold trails
Last Tuesday, three of us walked around Lake LaGrange in mid-teen temperatures with a stiff northwest wind.  We went counterclockwise so that we were warmed up by the time we were exposed to the wind.  All of us wore ice grippers on our boots and they...
Balmy temps, wet snow, and wonderful views along Ice Age Trail
Balmy temps, wet snow, and wonderful views along Ice Age Trail
We walked around Lake LaGrange on the Ice Age Trail and snowmobile trail last Tuesday. As long as one stayed on the trail, walking was good with only a couple inches of wet snow on a firm surface of packed trail. I stepped off the trail one time and...
Few bikers, runners mean hikers take a road less traveled
Few bikers, runners mean hikers take a road less traveled
Last Tuesday, six of us had a short walk on the white John Muir trail in single digit weather. We met one biker and a few runners on the trail.  As I was driving home my car thermometer read one degree.Marvin Herman writes:
Mid-winter hikes quiet, scenic
Mid-winter hikes quiet, scenic
On another cold evening last Tuesday, a small contingency of six adventurers walked around Lake La Grange on the Ice Age Trail and snowmobile trails. We saw one lone ice fisherman on the lake. The cold snow was not packed well and footing...